I remember back when I was just a wee groovy lass in the 1970s, a huge fad for indoor gardeners was creating terrariums: small to medium sized glass or plastic bowls landscaped with river rocks, moss, dirt, assorted succulents and other low-maintenance plants. Every 70s home (and therapist's office) seemed to have one (usually displayed directly below the giant macrame owl).
How To Create An Open Air Terrarium
But terrariums date back even further than the 1970s. According to gardening lore, terrariums were created quite by accident in the late 19th century when gardening guru Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward noticed a fern sprout inside of a corked bottle which he had placed in a hibernating chrysalis.
Terrariums, or "Wardian cases" as they were called back in the day quickly gained popularity in Victorian England, but faded just as fast. Becoming popular once again in the 1970s and fading just as fast (once again), the terrarium seems to be making yet another comeback, no doubt because creating a terrarium is cheap, easy and fun.
The beauty of making a terrarium is that it is literally a mini, low maintenance indoor garden of greenery that fits with just about any style of home decor and can be designed in a myriad of different ways. Here's what you need to create a terrarium of your own.
This DIY is for open air terrariums, but you can make a terrarium using a closed container as well. Want to learn more about that? Check out how the Gardenista does it.
This infographic on how to build your own terrarium puts it all together in one easy to follow snapshot: